Thursday, 31 May 2007

YFC On Tour

Last night saw a sunny end to a dismally wet and cold day, when 30 members of the Three Counties Young Farmers Club's arrived at Overbury for a farm walk. Penelope spoke about the Estate and the village, school and nursery school. I talked about the stud, which Simon runs, the arable cropping, conservation and the sheep. Gordon drove us around for the 2.5 hrs.
Everyone enjoyed themselves although it was quite cold, with a stiff southerly blowing as we toured around the Eastern boundary on Bredon Hill. Then it was off to The Crown in Kemerton for beer and sandwiches!

Wednesday, 30 May 2007

Absent Blogger

Apologies for the month long absence from the blogging Farmer Jake. I have spent most of the first half of May completing the dreaded SP5 form required by DEFRA. Single Payment 5 forms are required by DEFRA in order for us to receive our European compensation. These have a very strict deadline of the 15th May, ingrained into arable farmers minds since 1991 when the first schemes were created. We have to inform DEFRA what crops we are growing, where they are, (each field has a national grid reference) and what the total areas claimed are likely to be. In addition to this where we are growing crops with protein supliment (beans and peas) or where we are growing crops under energy rules all have to be divided up separately. It is a little confusing but worth filling them in! Since then May has turned wet which helped out our droughty crops and held off us irrigating the potatoes. The new irrigation system worked well for a day then, the only part of the old system we didn't change failed, causing a few headaches for a couple of days. All sorted now! (Henry's sigh of relief could be heard from Ross!)

Farm Sunday is rapidly approaching, we're booking up fast but there are places of the 9.00 trip, worth getting up for and seeing the countryside waking up! Fresher By Miles will be launching in Overbury and the surrounding villages on the day some come along and see what local goodies are available for sale, freshly grown within 30miles from Badsey. Some prices are cheaper than Tesco's at the moment! Check out